Nearly a million expected to travel through Miami Intl. Airport this Thanksgiving

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Over 48 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, and 989,000 of those travelers are expected to be passing through Miami International Airport during the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to the American Automobile Association, 48.7 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared to the amount who traveled in 2015, making it the busiest holiday travel rush since 2007.

And with 187,000 Floridians expected to travel, Miami International Airport will be busier than ever. The airport projects their busiest days will be after Thanksgiving, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with about 133,000 people expected to travel through MIA each day.

“So far, no problem,” said a relieved passenger. “I thought it would be crazy busy today, but it’s not too busy, and everything is going great so far.”

Although it was not too busy at MIA, Wednesday morning, hundreds of people were ready to board flights across the globe, from Boston and San Francisco to Cuba and Central and South America.

“We’re headed to Cuba to have dinner with family, since we don’t see them too often,” said a traveler.

“San Francisco to visit my best friend for Thanksgiving,” said another traveler.

Up in Broward, about 600,000 people are expected to pass through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for the holiday.

Although it is sunny and in the 70s down here in South Florida, it is quite a different story up north, and even on the West Coast, where they are dealing with the effects of the first winter storm of the season.

Minnesota, Massachusetts, Northwest Connecticut, Illinois, Vermont and New York all felt the effects of the major snow storm, Sunday night and Monday morning.

In upstate New York, the storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow. “From what we’ve heard, it’s pretty insane,” said Sharon Vollrith, who was waiting to board her flight.

Travelers are advised to arrive to the airport at least two hours before the time of your scheduled flight and to check the status of your flight hours before hitting the road.

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